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2018 — Spring RETREAT

We are going to have a GREAT Spring retreat! We hope you will join us for Stephanie’s Trunk Show on Friday night and for her TWO Classes on Saturday!!! And Saturday features a catered breakfast AND lunch! It’s going to be a great retreat!

Here’s the information. There’s a printable version of the FLYER and the HANDOUT. Please spread the word! Space is limited, so sign up early!



Printable Retreat Handout

Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild’s

Spring 2018 Quilt Retreat

 Quilters! We have an exciting Retreat planned for you!

Our 2-day event features Stephanie Soebbing of Quilt Addicts Anonymous from the Quad Cities. Her Trunk Show will be on Friday night and on Saturday she will be teaching not one, but two classes!

So, here are the details that you need to know:


Friday, March 9th

  • Trunk Show at 6:30pm

Saturday, March 10th

  • Breakfast:   8:00am-9:00am (Catered meal included)
  • Class #1:     9:00am-Noon
  • Lunch:         Noon-1:00pm (Catered meal included)*
  • Class #2:     1:00pm-4:00pm


Cost:  Members:

  • $10 – Trunk Show Only
  • $30 – Saturday Only
  • $40 – BOTH Friday/Saturday

Cost:  Non-Members:

  • $10 – Trunk Show Only
  • $40 – Saturday Only
  • $50 – BOTH Friday/Saturday

NOTE: For EACH class, there is a $12 pattern cost.


Where: Both days’ events will be held at the:

  • Kirksville Arts Center, 1902 S. Baltimore, Suite 100, Kirksville, Missouri



*Lunch will be a catered Soup/Sandwich/Dessert. You will have a choice of 2 soups and a choice of 2 sandwiches, plus a dessert.


Class #1–Charmed Squared  *NOTE: Pattern is an additional $12 cost.

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 This quilt can easily be completed in a weekend! All you need are two charm packs and 3&3/4 yards of coordinating yardage for the background.

The instructions include directions to make half square triangles from squares, so you can turn the charm packs into half square triangles in no times at all.

You may use 2 of the same charm packs, 2 different packs from your favorite designer, or go for the scrappy look and use any five-inch squares.


Class #2–Stripping in Paradise  *NOTE: Pattern is an additional $12 cost.

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This pattern can easily go together in a weekend. Finished 66” square, it requires a jelly roll and some background yardage.

It used strip piecing with minimal seams to match. You can use any jelly roll, but your background fabric needs to contrast from your jelly roll.



You can view these patterns on her website:

Of course, If you are not interested in one or both of these classes, you may simply work on your own projects and still enjoy the company of your fellow retreaters! If you chose to work on your own, the cost for the day remains the same.

We hope you will join us for this fun, 2-day event!


Obituary — Kathy East

It is with heavy hearts that we note of the passing of one of our dear friends and long-time guild members, Kathy East. Kathy was currently serving as the guild’s secretary. She was extremely generous with her time and talents. She and her husband, Stan, made many lap robes for Veterans. They would design each quilt with specific fabric geared toward the Veteran who was to receive it. Seems like every month she would have one or two quilts for Show & Tell.

Here are just a few pictures of Kathy through the years.

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Kathy East, 82, of La Plata, MO, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at University Hospital, Columbia, MO as a result of injuries from an auto accident on Sunday, January 7, 2018.

Kathy was born, November 7, 1935 in her grandparent’s home west of Pleasant Hill, MO She was the daughter of Melvin C. and Hilda M. Borer Sadler who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a brother Joe Sadler and a daughter-in-law, Gayle East. She graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in May 1953 and William Jewel College May 1957 with a degree in Sociology. On June 1, 1957, she married Stanley B. East, Jr. and they celebrated 60 years together on June 1, 2017. Stan survives.

Also surviving are 3 sons, Stan M. ”Rabbi” East (Lynnette) of La Plata, MO, Ronald F. “Fred” East, Independence, MO, and Kevin R. East (Tracey) of La Plata, MO; 7 grandchildren, Stephen J. “Joey” Sadler (Amy) of Raytown, MO, Adina V. East and Stephanie RM Carpenter (Jason), Lee’s Summit, MO, Jamie L. Byrd, Columbia, MO, Jason K. Robinson (Candy) of La Plata, MO, Cameron R. East (Elizabeth) of Brashear, MO, and Lauren K. East, La Plata, MO; 14 Great Grandchildren, Chris, Tim and Emily Sadler, Trinity East, Avery Cambron, Gavin and Presley Miranda, Jax and Quinley Robinson, Kiesha March, Gwendolyn and Violet Carpenter, and Brysen and Brynlee East; and 2 great-great-grandchildren, Cabe Smith and Kylynn March.

Kathy and Stan moved to La Plata in 1964 when Stan accepted the call as minister of La Plata Christian Church. In 1976, Kathy became an EMT and for many years she was “on call” with Stan. She also accepted the position of Social Services Director for the La Plata Nursing Home and later added the title of Activities Director as well. In 1985, she became secretary for Kirksville First Christian Church. In 1997, she became a secretary at KCOM now ATSU. Kathy was also the secretary at all of the churches Stan served.

Kathy remained active in the community with such things as the La Plata Fire Dept. and the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild at Kirksville. Kathy was well known for her cinnamon rolls which were used as donations for community projects. Kathy and Stan were also the Grand Marshalls for the 2017 Soybean Festival Parade, an honor that they happily accepted. Kathy was also a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Macon, MO. She and Stan spent many hours making lap robes for the “Lap Robes 4 Veterans Project” Stan designs, cuts and lays them out, while Kathy did all the sewing.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 9:30 – 11:30 at the La Plata Christian Church, with a memorial service immediately following. Burial to follow at the La Plata Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to La Plata Christian Ministries, Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild, Macon First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or La Plata Fire Department. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Travis Funeral Chapel, 125 S. Church St., La Plata, MO 63549.

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2016 Veteran’s Day Presentations

The Community Service committee, under the direction of Renae Farnsworth, presented many beautiful quilts to veterans in the northeast Missouri area. Some of the photos of the presentations are shown below.

2016-2017 UFO Challenge Rules

UFO Challenge—“2016-2017”

Well, folks, it’s that time of the year. Time to make out your UFO list and start chipping away at it!! This is your chance to finish a few of those UFOs you’ve been putting off. Not only will you feel good about finishing something, you’ll have a chance to win valuable prizes! So, get your list together and fill out an official “Block” at the meeting. NOTE: If you can’t attend the meeting in September or October, please email Barb ( with your list and she’ll fill out one for you.

GOAL: The goal of this challenge is to help you finish some of your UFOs throughout the year.


  • In September, you will fill out a 12-part “Block” with potential UFOs* you would like to finish within one year. (*NOTE: If you do not have any UFOs, please list Kits/Projects you have already purchased and plan to start and finish within the year.)
  • You’ll have one month to adjust the entries in your “Block”, then after that, your projects stay as listed.
  • The “Block” will be kept in a notebook and brought to each meeting.
  • When the item is finished, you will color in your “piece” on the Block. You may fill out an additional “Block” once you fill up the first one.
  • Each month at Show and Tell, you are encouraged to show (or share if you don’t have the item anymore) your completed item.
  • Contest runs one year, from September 2016 to August 2017.

PRIZES: At the end of the year, we’ll have 3 drawings:

  • First drawing: Only those who complete their entire sheet of 12 UFOs may participate in this drawing. One entry per person, per completed sheet(s).
  • Second drawing: You’ll get one entry for each completed UFO. The more UFOs you complete, the better your chances of winning.
  • Third drawing: Every participant (even if they don’t finish anything on the list) will get one entry added to the basket, along with those names in the second drawing.

No duplicate winners.

HOF Guild Member Happenings

July and August were busy months for some of our guild members.

The Community Service Committee made two donations on July 20. Celia Riggle and Rose Marie Smith delivered 7 quilts to Lifeline Pregnancy Center and 10 quilts to Victim Support Services. 

Pictured above, (left photo) Celia with a representative from Lifeline Pregnancy and (right photo) Celia, two representatives from Victim Support Services, and Rose Marie.

Thank you to the guild members who donated their time and talents in making a charity quilt, and thank you to Celia and Rose Marie who made the delivery possible.

On August 1, Shelly Pagliai gave a wonderful program at the Macon Historical Society. The well-attended event was thoroughly enjoyed by folks from all over. Shelly’s presentation highlighted the quilts and events from her new book, “A Simple Life“, based on her mother’s diary and life in the Macon and Bevier, Missouri areas in the 1950’s. Shelly shared lots of quilts from the book, along with the quilt that was featured in The Kansas City Star block-of-the-month program.

A group from the HOF guild traveled to Macon to hear her lecture. We are so proud of her and all that she has accomplished. Congratulations on your new book, “A Simple Life”.